Woman reunites with birth mom after 50 years, finds out she starred on TV


It’s a made-for-TV story.

A California woman was reunited with her biological mother after 50 years apart — and discovered her mom starred on an ABC sitcom she used to watch as a child.

“I grew up watching my mother on TV and didn’t even know it,” Lisa Wright told NBC’s “Today” on Friday, about actress Lynne Moody.

Moody acted on the TV-show “That’s My Mama,” which ran for two seasons in the mid-1970s — and was a favorite of Wright’s adoptive family.

“‘That’s My Mama’ — that was our must-see TV,” Wright recalled. “We all sat down and watched ‘That’s My Mama’ every week, and who knew? … that’s my mama!”

Though she always knew she had been adopted, Wright didn’t start searching for her blood relatives until she grew up and had a child of her own, the report said. All she knew about her biological mother was that she had been just 18 when she gave birth.

“My (adoptive) mom told me, ‘Your mommy loved you, but she was really young, and she knew she couldn’t take care of you,” Wright told the program.

When she turned 54, Wright said her son suggested that she take a DNA test to find out her genetic heritage.

Lisa Wright grew up watching her biological mother Lynne Moody star on TV.
Lisa Wright grew up watching her biological mother Lynne Moody star on TV.
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The test led her to an uncle who told her the family had been searching for her all these years — and connected her with her birth mom.

Both women happened to be living in Los Angeles, and first spoke over the phone a few years ago, before meeting in person.

“A voice on the other end says, ‘Is this my daughter?’ And then I just went, ‘Oh, my God, is this my mother?’ ” Wright recalled.

“And then she goes, ‘Yes, sweetie, this is your mom.’ It was just the most indescribable feeling.”

Moody, for her part, said that “When I found out that she was my daughter, at that moment, it was like I was giving birth.”

“I was on the floor in a fetal position, screaming and crying. I didn’t know how deep that hole was.”

Moody said she never had any other children and had always dreamed of being reunited with her long-lost daughter.

“As a mother, you never, ever, ever forget,” Moody said. “During those 50 years, all I did was try to learn how to live with it.”

“Life is full of surprises sometimes — so hang in there no matter what your circumstances are,” she added. “Be open to miracles, be open to surprises, and keep the faith.”

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